Like chocolate and wine, the combination of Champagne and New Year’s Eve is a timeless classic. The bubbly beverage is pretty much synonymous with the end of year celebration and there will be very few gatherings and parties where the fizz isn’t flowing. Although it may seem like a simple thing to check off your to-do list, the job of picking the right bubbly can take on a life of its own and can become overwhelming if you’re not sure what you’re looking for! So that’s why we’ve put together this article, to guide you through the process of picking the right bottle(s) for your celebration.
Seeing in the new year with a bottle of Champagne is as a much a tradition as a celebration and will mean you want to start the new year in the best possible way. Realistically, the options are endless and we could spend countless articles debating the best beverages for this prestigious occasion, but to save time we will be looking at Cava, Prosecco and Champagne.
In design, Cava as a drink is similar to Champagne but can offer a more reasonably priced option for your celebratory drinks. Predominantly used in the drink are the Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes, however, don’t be surprised if you see Pinot Noir, Garnacha, Chardonnay and Monstrell appearing in the mix. Producers of Cava have replaced traditional methods with fully mechanised systems of production meaning that you can grab a great bottle of fizz at a fraction of the cost of Champagne.
A timeless classic and a drink that oozes luxury and celebration, corks can be heard popping across the globe when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve. Typically, if you’re going to be picking up a bottle of this fancy drink, then you’ll likely be expecting to splash a bit of cash, which makes knowing what you’re buying all the more important!
Firstly, and perhaps something that may seem common sense, but Champagne is only Champagne if it comes from the region of France of the same name. All bottles of Champagne are made using the traditional method, however, the outcome can vary between a bone dry (Brut Nature) to a sweet drink (Doux) with most having a dry (Brut) end product.
We would also suggest checking out Crémant, a drink made with the traditional method but outside of the region of France. Bottles are produced from eight different appellations and are done so under strict regulations which means they can be a great alternative to Champagne.
Delicious and reasonably priced, Italy's Prosecco has won the world over. A great option for popping a bubbly bottle on New Year’s, this could be your best bet of the three.
Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and celebrates the present, with the drinks not being aged. The winemakers use the Charmat method, also known as the tank method which preserves the fruit and freshness. If you’re going to be buying a bottle of Prosecco, you can expect a dry (Brut) drink, however, because of the grape, you may also find a sweeter result.
Have you ever noticed that one glass of bubbly beverage can go straight to your head? In fact, studies have shown that your body absorbs carbonated drinks quicker than still ones, which results in a faster buzz; however, it doesn’t result in getting more drunk. Because of this, we recommend savouring your sparkling wine and not rushing the experience.
Top tip: Don’t store your sparkling beverages in the fridge door as this is the warmest place in a fridge, they are also very prone to being shaken and moved around which will result in a poorer fizz. We’d suggest checking out one of our wine cabinets to keep your bottle in tip-top condition.
Hopefully, this article has proven useful for getting drinks for the big day! Let us know what your favourite celebratory drink is on Facebook and Twitter!